Just Cavalli’s Colorful Spring – Just Cavalli fully embraces color and print for its spring 2014 collection shown during the second day of Milan Fashion Week. While past collections focused on animal motifs, the new season is all about botanical prints you would find in the tropics and plaids you would find in the post-Grunge era in neon-hued colors like sapphire blue, emerald-green and bold yellow. The silhouette is very body conscious with pants that look like a second skin and skirts that end barely at the thigh. Crop tops and cut out dresses which bare a lot of skin also make an appearance in Cavalli’s playful designs.
Prada’s About Face – Prada designer Miuccia Prada delivered a spring 2014 collection which is an homage to femininity. Artists including Mesa, Gabriel Specter and Jeanne Detallante created murals for the Italian brand which translated to painted faces adorning the season’s many coats, dresses and skirts. Adding to the texture and color of the artwork are colorful sequins accentuating the designs almost as if adding to a canvas. While we have seen some lingerie inspired wear this season, Prada gives a unique take on the brassiere with built-in bra shapes on knitwear dresses. Accessories for the upcoming spring include striped leg warmers, bags with pop art inspired motifs and multi-colored sandals.
Fendi’s Streamlined Spring – Fendi creative director Karl Lagerfeld looks towards the future for the brand’s spring 2014 runway show with an outing of graphic prints and streamlined silhouettes. The Fendi woman embraces color for the new season wearing fiery reds, royal blues and bright corals whether color-blocked or lightly layered. The Italian brand’s signature fur also made an appearance in the form of shaggy bags courtesy of accessories designer Silvia Venturini Fendi.
Max Mara’s New Minimalism – Showcasing its spring 2014 preview, Max Mara looked towards the artistic side of New York for inspiration. Citing art galleries in SoHo, the city’s neon light and billboards as inspiration; the new season is all about minimalism for the Max Mara woman. The silhouette is quite feminine–the curve hugging pencil skirt is paired with light coats in monotone looks ranging from neutral nudes to the more vibrant sapphire blue or emerald-green. Fabrics are light for spring with linen, soft cashmere, wool and tricot materials. The Max Mara woman accessorizes her look with stiletto sandals and large-framed sunglasses.
Designing for the woman with a lot of energy, designer Alberta Ferretti blended references from South America and southern Italy for a romantic theme.
DSquared2′s Bombshell Spring – DSquared2 designers Dean and Dan Caten looked towards 1950s bombshells for inspiration with their spring 2014 collection. Hourglass shapes and retro glam beachwear dominated the catwalk for a playful take on summer fashion. Of course a day out at the beach calls for your requisite accessories including wide-brimmed hats, large-framed sunglasses and high-waisted bikini bottoms. While daywear focused on mostly skin-baring swimsuits, the evening brought full, pleated skirts nipped at the waist and tops with sweetheart necklines.
Alberta Ferretti’s Folklore Spring – Italian designer Alberta Ferretti presented a folkloric outing for her spring 2014 collection preview. Pretty looks featuring ruffles, floral prints and lace brought a romantic take to the new season. The look evokes Spanish and Southern Italian style with an old school femininity. Colors are bold for spring; spanning from lively reds to sunset oranges as well as a focus on black and white. We’ve seen a lot of florals this season, but Ferretti adds bold stripes into the mix with horizontal and vertical arrangements.
Gucci’s Sport Luxe – Gucci’s creative director Frida Giannini embraced an outing of sport luxe with artistic influences for the brand’s spring 2014 collection shown during the first day of Milan Fashion Week. Athletic staples such as mesh t-shirts, jogging pants and basketball shorts made an appearance on the runway. The street style selection was given a high fashion edge with bold patterns emulating the work of Art Nouveau artist Erté. When not wearing sporty designs, the Gucci woman wears kimono robes or sheer dresses in easy silhouettes.
Catherine McNeil at Armani’s fall/winter 2013 runway show
Milan Fashion Week starts tomorrow, just as London Fashion Week comes to a close. Check out the final schedule of events below which run from Wednesday, September 18th to Monday, September 23rd. What shows are you looking forward to?
Wednesday September 18th
9.30 am Paola Frani
10.30 am Angelo Marani
11.30 am Simonetta Ravizza
12.30 pm Dsquared2
2.00 pm Gucci
3.00 pm Luisa Beccaria
4.00 pm Fay
5.00 pm Alberta Ferreti
6.00 pm No. 21
7.00 pm Byblos Milano
Gianfranco Ferré’s Streamlined Fall – Designers Stefano Citron and Federico Piaggi presented their second collection for Gianfranco Ferré with the label’s fall 2012 showing presented on the final day of Milan Fashion Week. The two embraced an androgynous aesthetic and used a color palette of inky black, silvery grey, navy and off white. Forgoing patterns or jewelry, the new season was all about shape with streamlined silhouettes that were modern if not futuristic. Ferré’s androgynous heroine also got a touch of glam with the use of lush fur and metallic fabrics for the upcoming autumn.